The Police have explained how SP Alimeke Ignatius, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO of Obantoko police station in Abeokuta and some of his officers were injured during a fight between two schools in the Ogun State capital on Wednesday.
It was learnt that students of Egba Comprehensive High School and Asero High School both in Abeokuta had engaged engaged in a bloody fight, hauling stones and other missiles at themselves.
The students had blocked the main road, causing tension among the residents of the area as they take on each other.
Worried residents of the area subsequently called in the police to arrest the situation.
DPO Ignatius and some of his men who raced to the scene of the clash, but they were met with stones from the students as confirmed to journalists in Abeokuta by Ogun police spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi.
The Police spokesperson said students of Egba Comprehensive High School and Asero High School were engaged in a fight and the police from the Obantoko station were called to take charge of the situation.
“The DPO Ignatius was hit by stones. The students were throwing stones and other objects at themselves during the fight,” Oyeyemi said.
When asked if any arrest was made, Oyeyemi retorted, “We cannot arrest the students because they are minors. We can only detain and counsel them, after which they will be released.”
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) has condemned the attack, describing it as “uncivilized and unwarranted”.
The state Chairman of PCRC, Samson Kunle Popoola, in a statement signed by his media aide, Babatunde Odeyemi, lamented the public disorder by secondary school students in the state, saying “if this is not quickly checked, it may portray a great danger for the future of this country.”